Business Studies is based on decision making and problem solving, using qualitative and quantitative methods . Understanding trends in data and predictions based on data are at the heart of the quantitative methods needed for A-Level Business Studies students For those students not studying mathematics at A-Level, the new Core Maths course provides an essential background of mathematical and statistical experience and confidence.

Core Maths is a Level 3 mathematics course for students in post-16 education who have GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above but are not taking A-level Mathematics. Core Maths qualifications are offered by various awarding bodies, with a variety of content and assessment styles to suit all needs. All of the courses are designed to help students retain, deepen and extend their mathematical understanding, using mathematics to solve meaningful and relevant problems, and better preparing them for further study, employment and life.

Core Maths is recognised by UCAS, equivalent to an AS level course. Its focus on using and applying mathematics and statistics in the world of work and further study makes it especially useful and relevant for students of A or AS Level Business Studies. Topics that can be covered in Core Maths courses include:

  • Numerical Calculations, including percentages changes, price indices, ration and proportion, growth and decay;
  • Statistics, including measures of average (mean, median, mode) and variation (range and standard deviation) and correlation;
  • Probability, including using and understanding simulations, theoretical calculations and risk;
  • Graphs, including time-series graphs (moving averages) with interpretation of gradients and intercepts.
  • Networks, including critical path analysis.

You can find further information about Core Maths on our website, You may also wish to discuss the possibility of following a Core Maths course with mathematics staff at your school or college.